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  • Louisville Slugger MLB180 Natural Wood Baseball Bat (33-Inch)
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Louisville Slugger MLB180 Natural Wood Baseball Bat

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Price: $68.00 - $70.96
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  • Durable ash wood bat with natural finish
  • Pro-grade ash is pound for pound the strongest timber available
  • Barrel tends to flex rather than break, creating larger sweet spot
  • Randomly selected turning model from C271, P72, C243, R161, T141, and K55
  • Available in 32-, 33-, and 34-inch lengths

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The MLB 180 Baseball Bat from Louisville Slugger® will improve your batting skills with its durable wood design that will last after many games. Note: This bat comes in assorted autographs; autographs will vary.

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Don't make the mistake of thinking all wood bats are the same. They may look similar, but the quality of the wood is very different from one wood bat company to another. Louisville Slugger, however, sets itself apart from other bat makers with more than 120 years of bat-making experience, outstanding turning models, and access to the best-quality wood on the market. The MLB180 bat, for instance, is made of professional-grade ash, pound for pound the strongest timber available. Ash offers a flexibility that isn't found in other timbers, including maple, resulting in a barrel that tends to flex rather than break. This gives you a larger, more forgiving sweet spot in terms of breakage. In addition, ash is lighter than maple, so players can choose from among several large-barrel sizes. It all adds up to a terrific choice for casual players who love the look and feel of a genuine wood bat, or professionals who value a high-quality bat performance.

The MLB180 also boasts a randomly selected turning model, with such possibilities as C271, P72, C243, R161, T141, and K55.

Bat Specifications

  • Wood: Ash
  • Finish: Natural
  • Length: 32, 33, or 34 inches
  • Turning model: C271, P72, C243, R161, T141, or K55

Note: The biggest factors that influence the life of a wood bat are the quality of wood and where the ball hits your bat. Until you gain experience hitting with wood bats, however, don't be surprised if you break a lot of bats. Unlike with aluminum bats, when you hit a ball along the handle or at the end of a wood bat, you may break the bat rather than get a hit. It takes a lot of practice, but with work, you will find that you break fewer bats and become a much better hitter.

About Louisville Slugger
In many ways, the rich 120-year history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat began in the talented hands of 17-year-old John A. "Bud" Hillerich. Bud's father, J.F. Hillerich, owned a woodworking shop in Louisville in the 1880s when Bud began working for him. Legend has it that Bud slipped away from work one afternoon in 1884 to watch the Louisville Eclipse, the town's major league team. After Pete Browning--the Eclipse's star who was mired in a hitting slump--broke his bat, Bud invited him to his father's shop to make a new one. With Browning at his side giving advice, Bud handcrafted a new bat from a long slab of wood. Browning got three hits using the bat the next day. Browning told his teammates, which began a surge of professional ballplayers visiting the Hillerich shop.

Although J.F. Hillerich had little interest in making bats, Bud persisted, eventually registering the name Louisville Slugger with the U.S. patent office in 1894. In the early 1900s, the company was one of the first to use a sports endorsement as a marketing strategy, paying Hall of Famer Honus Wagner to use his name on a bat. By 1923, Louisville Slugger was the selling more bats than any other bat maker in the country, with such famed clients as Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Lou Gehrig. In the ensuing years, the company has sold more than 100 million bats, and 60 percent of all Major League players currently use Louisville Sluggers. The company now sells far more than bats, including fielding and batting gloves, helmets, catchers' gear, equipment bags, training aids, and accessories.

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3,400 x 1 x 1 inches ; 1.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001Q3LEEQ
  • Item model number: MLB180
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,451 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Brian S. on October 23, 2012
Size: 34 - Inch Verified Purchase
I recently moved into a street-level apartment in Boston, and this bat is my home warming gift to myself.

The bat is very heavy, and seems longer than what I remember swinging in high school.

It's exactly what I expected, and I feel much safer having it around.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jorge on October 31, 2010
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This model is the best value out there. The model feels very light and is easy to get through the zone properly. You will get high mileage out of this bat if you learn not to swing at bad pitches and barrell up on those that you can drive.

All wood bats are going to break if you put a bad swing on the ball
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Richardson on December 19, 2013
Size: 34 - Inch Verified Purchase
I like these bats because they're very inexpensive and durable. I play in a Saturday league where a lot of guys buy maple, composite and other high end, expensive bats. For me, its too much of a gamble to spend $80 on a bat that might break within a game or 2. Obviously, the durability relies a lot on the hitter, but these Louisville Slugger cheapies usually last me an entire season. I had one last 2+ seasons. I will say that the wood is relatively soft and you'll get dents/impressions in the wood from cleats, baseball seams, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ari on July 21, 2013
Size: 33 - Inch
Ignore any negative review alleging this product is of an inferior quality.

Louisville Slugger culls bats with cosmetic/minor flaws out of an assortment of different turning models, puts them in a big pile, and then sells them with the "180" stamp on them. You will get a bat randomly selected from these models: C271, P72, C243, R161, T141 and K55. None of the "flaws" affect the bat's performance. [...]

My bat came with a small dent/sanded gouge. It was so small I didn't even notice it on my first inspection. Mine is an Ash P72 ... A bat that would have cost $130 without this tiny ding.

Sometimes wood bats break. It happens. But I can just about guarantee that many of the reviews complaining about the bat breaking within the first few swings are written by people that are simply not using the bat correctly. Learn how: [...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Solis on January 27, 2014
Size: 33 - Inch Verified Purchase
I bought this bat for one reason, BATTING CAGES! I've had this bat for about a month and it seems to be holding up fairly well. I've taken it about 5 or 6 times to the cages. These pitching machines take tokens and each token gives me 8 pitches. I ALWAYS get 15 tokens so guys can sum up about how many pitches I've hit with this bat. This bat is worth the price. You guys should really think about buying it if you want a batting cage bat. Also, always bat with the label facing up or down. It'll decrease the chances of breaking the bat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marktwain10 on August 6, 2013
I am also thinking the people who are breaking these after a few pitches are doing something wrong. Make sure you hit with the Louisville label facing up or down! And don't hit off the end of the bat or off the handle! I have already been to the batting cages twice with this bat and have nailed at least 300 yellow dimpled polyurethane balls total which are known to be hard on any bat. And this includes a few that were off the very end of the bat and some near the handle. I have the 34 inch model, and hand selected it in a local store and carefully inspected the grains and swung it in the store to make sure it felt good. Not all bats are created equally so I would never recommend buying a bat online but definitely go evaluate it in person. For the price, this bat can last ok and is a solid performer. The key is to hit the ball in the right spot and then there will be no hard vibration on your hands and your ball will fly.

Update: Somewhere between 400-500 balls total at the batting cages caused my bat to split. I guess that's about how long the bat will last under the conditions I put it under... I was hoping for 1000+ hits. I wouldn't recommend this bat for full time use at the batting cages, but I would recommend for actual gameplay with real baseballs. I still love the feel and swing of these classic bats, hence still 5 stars. I went out and bought an Easton Typhoon 33 inch which should be much more durable but feels heavier and is aluminum which will not give you the satisfying crack of a solid hit. I wood glued the crack, and tightly electrical-taped the Slugger, and started hiting with the other side of the bat (label down) and have gotten about 200 more hits with it so far. Maybe I will get to 1000 hits after all
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rip & Tear on January 29, 2013
Size: 34 - Inch Verified Purchase
Grew up with the brand, carried it into farm league and now years later, I use it as a Little League coach! My young players use a shorter version but still a LS......you want the best money can buy? Use the Louisville Slugger OR go cut down your own tree!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BigBoy on March 20, 2011
Size: 32 - Inch Verified Purchase
I'm a senior in high school and I always liked wooden bats over the metal ones, and looking on amazon just made things better. I found an amazing bat for a very reasonable price! I absolutely love this bat Great purchase!
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